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2019

Specialized S-Works Epic Hardtail

Specialized Epic Hardtail 2019

10500

Cross Country

At a glance

The 2019 Specialized S-Works Epic Hardtail is an Cross Country mountain bike. It sports 29" wheels, is priced at $10,500 AUD, has RockShox suspension and a SRAM drivetrain. The bike is part of Specialized's Epic Hardtail range of mountain bikes.

Call it a healthy disrespect for the status quo, but we were getting bored with hardtail designs. So instead of playing along with a glued-on smile, we opted to turn the cross country world on its head with a bike that’s not only the lightest mountain frame we’ve ever made. It’s our lightest frame—period. Introducing the S-Works Epic Hardtail. Over the last decade, cross country racing has evolved into a completely different animal—the courses are rowdier, more technical, and overall, they’re inherently different.

Because of this, we realized that the best bike for the job needs to not only be lightweight and stiff, but also be able to descend and climb with equal prowess. Determining the best geometry was the easier of the two, as we took our current XC race geo and added some trail DNA to the mix. This equates to a longer top tube, a shortened the head tube, and a slacked out the front end, the result of which is a tremendous increase in downhill stability, plus a wider fit range. And just as importantly, this doesn’t require any sacrifice of climbing proficiency. The weight aspect was more complicated, though. We were posed with the question, How do you take weight out of something that’s already so light? But the answer was relatively obvious: you get the best mountain bike engineers together in one room and let the magic come out. Up until now, there were two ways to lighten up a frame—use less of the same grade of carbon or use less of a higher-grade carbon. Option one is never a viable solution as it sacrifices stiffness and strength, two attributes that shouldn’t be tampered with. And while we did end up using option two, we weren’t content with the amount of weight we could cut out by just using a different grade of carbon. So how else do you cut weight? Well, we began looking at our layup schedules to see if they could be improved, which shed light on a new discovery—layup inefficiencies. Beginning with our Rider-First Engineered™ frame technology, each size Epic Hardtail is specifically tailored to size—every carbon layup and tube are exclusively selected based upon hundreds of hours of collected ride data. What does this mean for you? It not only creates the optimal balance of rigidity, weight, and responsiveness across every frame size, but it led us to the discovery of how to save weight through the studying of the layup. Through extensive layup studies, we made the discovery that, by further controlling the construction and layup schedules, we could drastically decrease weight, all while maintaining the ride characteristics that you’d expect from a top-level XC race bike. With this discovery, each frame now features complex cut carbon plys that allow difficult junctions to be covered with less overlap. And while this does complicate the carbon frame puzzle by adding more pieces to the mix, it allows us to design and place them more intelligently. The result of this is a lighter frame, stronger junctions, and a drastic increase in stiffness. We then took the weight savings one step further by using Japanese military ballistic-grade carbon, which we now call 12m, to create the lightest mountain bike we’ve ever made. How much lighter of a frame, you ask? Less than 900 grams for a size Large frame—the same weight as a full 24oz Purist water bottle. For the build, the S-Works spares no expense, opting for a custom RockShox SID World Cup fork with Brain, SRAM XX1 Eagle™12-speed shifting, SRAM Level Ultimate hydraulic disc brakes, and hand-built Roval Control SL carbon wheels.

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Specifications

Frameset
  • Frame
    Specialized S-Works FACT 12m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear-end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
  • Fork
    RockShox SID World Cup Brain 29, Solo Air, Top-Adjust, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm, M-XL: 100mm)
Wheels
  • Hubs
    [F] Roval Control SL, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacing, 24h [R] Roval Control SL, DT Swiss Star Ratchet, 54t engagement, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28h
  • Wheels
    Roval Control SL, hookless carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready, hand-built
  • Wheel Size
    29"
  • Spokes
    DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Tires
    [F] Fast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3" [R] Fast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.1"
Drivetrain
  • Chain
    SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed
  • Crank
    SRAM XX1 Eagle, Boost™ 148, DUB, 170/175mm
  • Bottom Bracket
    SRAM, DUB, PF30
  • Rear Derailleur
    SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed
  • Shifters
    SRAM XX1 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
  • Cassette
    SRAM XG-1295 Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
  • Pedals
    Specialized Dirt
Components
  • Brakeset
    [F] SRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc [R] SRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc
  • Handlebar
    S-Works Carbon Mini Rise, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm
  • Saddle
    Body Geometry Phenom Pro, carbon fiber rails, carbon fiber base, 143mm
  • Seatpost
    S-Works FACT carbon, 0mm offset
  • Stem
    S-Works SL, alloy, titanium bolts, 6-degree rise

FAQ

Q: How much is a 2019 Specialized S-Works Epic Hardtail?

A 2019 Specialized S-Works Epic Hardtail is typically priced around $10,500 AUD when new. Be sure to shop around for the best price, and also look to the used market for a great deal.

Q: What size wheels does the 2019 Specialized S-Works Epic Hardtail have?

The 2019 Specialized S-Works Epic Hardtail has 29" wheels.

Q: What size 2019 Specialized S-Works Epic Hardtail should I get?

After measuring your height, use the size chart below to find the typical Specialized S-Works Epic Hardtail size for your height. Remember that these sizes are a general guide and bike sizes can vary between riders and bikes. The best way to find your size is to go for a test ride.

Rider Height (cm)Rider Height (in)Frame Size
148cm - 158cm4'10" - 5'2"XS
158cm - 168cm5'2" - 5'6"S
168cm - 178cm5'6" - 5' 10"M
178cm - 185cm5'10" - 6'1"L
185cm - 193cm6'1" - 6'4"XL
193cm - 198cm6'4" - 6'6"XXL

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